Family of Crash Victim Wants Barriers Along Summerlin Pkwy - 8 News NOW

Family of Crash Victim Wants Barriers Along Summerlin Pkwy

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Memorial at crash site. Memorial at crash site.
Savanna Gonzales Savanna Gonzales

LAS VEGAS -- The man accused of killing a young couple while driving drunk will appear in court this week. Gustavo Garcia-Martinez, 51, is charged with felony DUI in connection with the crash on Summerlin Parkway on Feb. 5.

Family members of one of the victims say they want to see changes on the road so a similar crash can't happen again. There are now two petitions circulating in favor of a barrier on the road.

Whether it takes knocking on doors for signatures or raising money to pay for a barrier, Savanna Gonzales' mother says she will make it happen.

"I know the people of Las Vegas would not want to go through what I'm going through with one of their loved ones," said Ana Monarrez Gonzales.

She visited the scene where her daughter died for the first time Sunday and placed a cross there.

"I needed to go see for myself how it happened," she said.

Gonzales was driving with her boyfriend, Frank Spenia, on Summerlin Parkway near Rampart Boulevard when an accused drunk driver crossed over center divide and struck them head on. While there is a barrier dividing traffic on part of the parkway, it is not where the crash happened.

"I saw for myself that it could have been prevented, I mean the barrier is just right there, and it just needs to go a little bit longer," Monarrez Gonzales said.

The family is petitioning for the barrier to be longer. They have collected more than 200 signatures in a book. There's also an online petition.

"It shouldn't be a matter of cost to save another life. Basically just do it to save another life," said Jessica Bustamante, Savanna Gonzales' sister.

A Nevada Highway Patrol spokesman told 8 News NOW a barrier may not have saved the young couple. He did say landscaping on the divider does do its job.

"There are rocks, they do have some larger rocks along with the trees and other bushes. They are intended there to slow vehicles down should they have to cross over," NHP Trooper Loy Hixson said.

The City of Las Vegas says engineers are in the process of reviewing the area.

"I'm sure I'll get this book full. I'm determined to fill this and get the attention," Monarrez Gonzales said.

Since 2010, there were two other fatal crashes involving cars crossing over into oncoming lanes.

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